"Why won't there be Nintendo versions of the game?"
Ever hear the term "never burn bridges?" Well, Howard Lincoln, the former president of Nintendo US, made our lives miserable during the 1994 Senate Hearings on Video Game Violence. Not only did he quietly suggest to congressman, though the use of Nintendo-supplied and heavily edited footage, that they should demonize Night Trap rather than Nintendo's Mortal Combat, but he also declared publicly that Night Trap would never appear on a Nintendo system. And he was right: as much as Nintendo desperately needs publishers to support their third-place platform, we won't be one of them. There's just too much bad blood between us and them.
Well, there you have it. IMO, it sounds pretty bitter and childish, and it doesn't look like it's helping their campaign much. It does make me wonder, though, if other 3rd-parties still hold onto grudges from Nintendo's ruthless 80's/90's days. What do you guys think of this story?
It does sound childish, but I remember how "demonized" Night Trap was back when it came out. It was absolutely thrown under the bus. If Nintendo had a big part in that I sort of don't blame the developers' grudge.
That said, the game wasn't very good. More of a novelty of its time.
Howard Lincoln more or less latched onto Joe Lieberman's attacks on the game to make Nintendo look good. I'm pretty sure Lieberman completely misrepresented the game's goal (killing the girls rather than protecting them) and did so absolutely knowingly.
[...]but he also declared publicly that Night Trap would never appear on a Nintendo system. And he was right: as much as Nintendo desperately needs publishers to support their third-place platform, we won't be one of them.
I have to wonder how many Wii U systems Night Trap would have moved...
I know it wasn't Nintendo's reason to throw the game under the bus. I'm saying Nintendo probably did the title more good than harm, which makes the developer's grudge even sillier. Which, as far as I know, is the topic.